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The Johnston Collection is administered as an independent not-for-profit museum by The W R Johnston Trust.  An $8.00 booking and administration fee applies to Telephone bookings only. Bookings made online are currently not charged a booking fee. 

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The Annual William Johnston & His Collection House-Museum Tour
David McAllister Rearranges Mr Johnston’s Collection
Friday 14 March 2014 – Wednesday 25 June 2014

Our Rearranging Mr Johnston’s Collection series offers an opportunity to see William Johnston’s collection through another person’s eyes and aesthetic. For this tour, opening  in  March 2014,  we have invited. David McAllister, the Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet,  to offer his response to our most spectacular and intriguing collection. 
McAllister has had a long and successful career with the Australian Ballet - as Senior and then Principal Artist, taking many leading roles with the company. He has also performed as a guest artist overseas, including with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada, before taking up the role of Artistic Director with The Australian Ballet in 2001.
William Johnston’s love of beautiful things and history, as well as his eye for the exotic, all come to life in this tour which explores his collection against the background of his life.


Our Menu Tours offer three further ways to visit and enjoy The Johnston Collection. Choose one of these specialised guided house-museum tours and discover even more intriguing insights that are sure to nourish the mind.

NEW  Fairhall & Flowers
Thursday 10 April 2014, 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm
Tuesday 6 May 2014, 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm
Monday 2 June 2014, 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm

Let the flowers bloom! Be beguiled by the beauty of botany and the language of flowers on this new house-museum tour. Fairhall is full of flowers and foliage, floral and plant motifs used as embellishment and patterns on objects to bring the outside in all year ‘round.

Staffordshire Stories
Monday 24 March 2014, 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm
Wednesday 30 April 2014, 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm
Monday 12 May 2014, 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm
Friday 20 June 2014, 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm

Staffordshire Stories offers visitors the opportunity to focus on the Staffordshire figures that were of special interest to William Johnston and explore a wide variety of the popular and intriguing historical subjects they represent.

Staffordshire potteries district, figure (Highlander with tulip and beehive), Staffordshire, England, circa 1850, (A0320-1989)
photograph by Ben Cordia Photography

Unlocking The Collection

Tuesday 1 April 2014, 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm
Monday 19 May 2014, 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm
Thursday 12 June 2014, 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm


By ‘unlocking’ the doors, lids and covers of objects, this specially developed tour offers visitors the opportunity to see hidden aspects and interior details of items in Fairhall.


detail from Jean-David Fortainer (active 1730-1778) and Jean-Charles ELLAUME (active 1754-1780), bureau plat, France, 1745-1749, (A0029-1989)

Visitor Information:

Weekday Tour Times:

10:00 | 12:00 | 2.00

After Hours Tours:

Second Saturday at 10:00 and 12:00
Third Thursday at 19:00

From March 2014:
Second Saturday of each month at 10:00 | 12:00
Third Thursday of each month at 6.00pm

Weekday Tour Cost (March 2014 - October 2014):

Adult $25.00
Concession $23.00
Group Rate $21.00 per person group of 8 or more (max 22)
After Hours $32.00

Individual and group bookings available. Please note when booking a group online, enter the number of people in the Adult field and the Group Rate will be automatically calculated.


Christmas at The Johnston Collection (6 November 2014 – 24 February 2015)

Adult $27.00
Concession $25.00
Group Rate $23.00 per person group of 8 or more (max 22)
After Hours $35.00

All bookings made on-line are FREE.

For all telephone bookings an administration and booking fee of $8.00 per transaction applies.
Current members of The Friends of The Johnston Collection can phone and book for FREE.

Telephone bookings 03 9416 2515


Organisation and Club Bookings Policy

Telephone us on 03 9416 2515 for more information or download a copy of our policy here:

Organisation_and_Club_Bookings.pdf Organisation_and_Club_Bookings.pdf (60kB)

Visiting The Johnston Collection

The Johnston Collection is the legacy of William Johnston, an antique dealer and collector. He left his estate to the people of Victoria for their education and enjoyment. The collection ranges from the 17th to the 19th century and has great strengths in Georgian, Regency and Louis XV furniture, Empire and decorative arts.

To protect the privacy and parking rights of Mr Johnston's residential neighbours, we are not permitted by our planning permit to publish the address of the museum.

On the day of the appointed visit, visitors will be collected from the foyer of the Hilton on the Park Hotel (Wellington Parade, near the Fitzroy Gardens). Visitors are brought to the Johnston Collection in a courtesy bus operated by our staff. This arrangement is due to planning permit stipulations and adds a little intrigue to your visit that we know you will enjoy.

All tickets are prepaid and tea/coffee and shortbread are served to guests on arrival. From the time of collection to the time of return to the Hilton on the Park your tour will take approximately one and a half hours.

We allow a maximum of 22 people on guided tours.

Disabled Access

Wheelchair access to Fairhall is limited. There are 3 steps to the entrance and 19 steps which must be ascended in order to reach the first floor. Disabled car parking is not available. Please make us aware of the special needs of any member of your group in advance of your arrival so that we can offer every assistance.

Please ring 03 9416 2515 for more information.


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